- simple past tense of forego2.
- simple past tense of forego1.
- to go before; precede.
Origin of forego1
Examples from the Web for forewent
It was through the intervention of Ugolino that he forewent this mission.Brother Francis
So they all forewent him and he entered till they brought him to the door of the Divan.Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp
S—— forewent for a moment his amber mouthpiece to give us his experience and opinion.
But this I know: it was out of their inordinate desire for joy that they forewent joy.When God Laughs and Other Stories
The first prize which fell to Caesar was the consulship, to secure which he forewent the triumph which he had earned in Spain.
- the past tense of forego 1
- to precede in time, place, etc
- (tr) a variant spelling of forgo
Word Origin and History for forewent
Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.